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2015 Reading Challenge

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I completed my 2014 reading challenge with a whopping 76 books! Patting myself on the shoulder as I write this post. Let the good ride continues onto 2015!

2015 Reading Challenge

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2014 Reading Challenge

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Time and tide wait for no man.

I can’t argue with that quote when I look back at year 2013. I need a breather after the year 2013 but no relief can be seen in the near future. What did I do in 2013? I took a semester of two MBA classes in spring semester which caused me to realize that MBA is not for me and I’m still looking for interesting major for career change. I took a full two-week national park road trip with my family in the summer which I haven’t done since 1997. I started another part time job putting crazy hours. I bought a new house and moved after completing simple renovation with new paint and cork floors which I promised myself to never do foreman duties ever again in any future home renovations no matter how easy it looks on HGTV home improvement shows.

If busy year is a good year, then I can conclude I had a great year in 2013. I hope 2013 will keep on rolling into 2014, I can write more and maybe squeeze in a little world traveling. Failing to achieve my reading goal was the only thing I regretted and here’s the new goal for 2014. Smooth sailing so far and hope I can keep it up.

2014 Reading Challenge

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Down London Road by Samantha Young

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Down London RoadGoodreads Summary

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control….

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

My Review

This is the second installment from On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young. On Dublin Street, Joss and Braden hot, can’t keep their hands off each other, couple left me breathless and Down London Road was no exception. Thumbs up for some of the hottest and steamiest scenes in the book.

The beginning of the book was portraying Jo as gold-digging bitch but the way Jo’s inner thought wrote out contradicted that image. The initial tension between Jo and Cam were intriguing and the more Jo revealed herself, the more it changed Cam’s point of view of Jo. As I was reading the book, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop to cause a rip in the relationship between Jo and Cam but nothing major. Sure, the ex-girlfriend showed up, still hung up on Cam but that misunderstanding was smoothed out pretty quickly.

The low insecurities in Jo was driving me crazy. The repeating self deprecating was annoying almost made me want to give up on the book. The teenagers, Hanna and Cole, were interesting add-ons and Joss and Braden glued the falling parts peices. I have to keep pushing myself to keep on reading and finishing up the book. That’s the only reason I gave this book a lower rating. Overall, the story moved too slow with too little bumps for me.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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2013 Reading Challenge

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It has been a while, more than six months since I updated the blog. Between switching jobs and traveling, I haven’t been able to pay attention to this blog. I have some catching up to do. Job has been stable and allowing me to have some free time however I did signed up for two classes for my MBA program starting in two weeks, January 14th, 2013. I hope that won’t take too much of my time.

Alright, enough of my rambling. New year, new resolution. It’s time for my new reading challenge for the year 2013. This is my third reading goal, emphasizing the word THIRD.

2013 Reading Challenge

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The False Prince

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the_false_princeGoodreads Summary

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

My Review

I bought the book from one of the school book fair. The clean, striking cover caught my attention. I usually don’t buy physical book anymore and I prefer ebook at any time. Since this is a physical book I owned, I don’t get to read it non-stop because I don’t have it with me at all times. Finally I was able to finish reading it last Memorial Day weekend. Once I started the book, it was hard to put it down.

I love Sage rebellious and witty character. Sage is always ahead of his enemies by doing quick thinking on his feet. I am intrigued to see how good slow romance unfold between the two female characters in future books. Don’t expect any head-over-heels falling in love from this book and I find this refreshing.

The excerpt basically gave most of the story away but I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end. It was a good twist that earned a spot as one of my favorite book. The book picked up very slow in pace but wrapping it way too fast to my taste. By the time I reached the end, I craved Sage more. I was clinging to my seat so-to-speak as I turned the pages from the last couple of chapters. I am looking forward to reading the second installation from The Ascendance Trilogy.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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